Easington Lane Paedophile with multiple previous convictions jailed after being caught by local group for a 2nd time

A convicted sex offender who wanted to meet a child 50 years younger than him was snared by paedophile hunters for the second time.

David Pick of Easington Lane had already been caught by online vigilantes once when he started talking to a profile on social media who initially purported to be an 18-year-old called Charlotte but soon told him she was only 13.

Unrepentant from the experience, the 63-year-old sex offender started sending sexual messages and the conversation moved to WhatsApp and he requested sexual images of her. Among the messages he sent were “I bet you would like to be having sex with me” and “let me see you in the shower with nothing on”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he also send two images of his penis and even discussed travelling from Sunderland to Preston, where he thought Charlotte lived.

In fact he was talking to a member of a paedophile hunting group called Secrets and Lies Confronted and he was confronted at his home by the vigilantes and another group and police were called.

Pick, of Derwent Street, Easington Lane, Sunderland, was also found to have breached a sexual harm prevention order imposed in 2018 by deleting most of the messages he had sent to Charlotte.

Pick has 47 previous convictions, including almost identical offending in 2018 and breaching the sexual harm prevention order in 2019 by deleting his internet history. For the latest offending, he admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and breaching the sexual harm prevention order and was jailed for 20 months. He was given a new, indefinite sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

Martin Scarborough, defending, said Pick suffers from physical and mental health issues which will make his time in prison harder.